Do you remember Lou Dobbs? He was the vile old boat anchor dragging down an already dangerously listing CNN. He once filled us in on how
wetbacks those people (wink, nudge, etc.) were infecting fine upstanding white Americans with Biblical diseases:
I don’t mean to pick on that particular over-the-hill white supremacist misogynist. It just seems that he’s a typical example of the breed.
Here we see Dobbs’ reaction to the report stating that women are the primary breadwinner in 40% of American households (“catastrophic” is one word he used) at being called out on his blatant misogyny in this interview with Megyn Kelly:
Dobbs was apparently quite perturbed at having been interrupted by the uppity little eye-candy getting in the way of a “real journalist” like himself. Certainly old Lou is not unusual in any way. In fact, he could be considered an archetype. One thing you may not in the below picture depicting the signing of the so-called “partial-birth abortion” ban in 2003:
With the exception of stillborn baby fetishist Rick Santorum and one other I wouldn’t waste the time identifying, they are all white men deep into their cranky old asshole years. That is, ultimately, where I was going with this. We know these people. We all know these people. Part of the problem may, indeed, be that we identify with them. We who are not cantankerous old coots know people we respect who perfectly fit this description. It is that shouty uncle we never talk to in public because he doesn’t seem to care that everyone can hear him ranting about “those goddamned niggers” in the parking lot or “that filthy whore” with multiple children who “needs to put a cork in it.” You would be terribly embarrassed to even acknowledge the old bastard at a public gathering. But what would you do if we cleaned him up, put him in a suit, and taught him to spew out a handful of carefully vetted talking points as the answer to any question? If recent evidence is any indication, we would elect him to the House.
You understand perfectly well why people are terrified that their children be alone in a room with him. Yet you vote for someone just like him. Any extended conversation with Uncle Phil will betray his conviction that all opinions not identical to his own are “goddamned hippie bullshit.” If you are of a certain range of ages, you will remember the series Cheers. I contend that the success of that show was largely due to the perfect depiction of this individual in the person of Cliff Clavin.
Again, we all know this person. We know him to speak with absolute certainty on any subject. We also know him to be completely full of shit.